Legislative Update

Housing Bills, 2016 Legislative Session

Bills Committee Last action Date
HB 89 - Bell, John J. - Conditional rezoning proffers; affordable dwelling units. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns(H) Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #201/16/18
notes: Exempts onsite proffers related to affordable dwelling units from provisions that determine whether a proffer is unreasonable.
HB 162 - Ware - Proceeds of a sale, a partition suit, or condemnation proceeding; persons under a disability, etc. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice(H) Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)01/17/18
notes: Increases the amount of funds that a court can distribute, without the intervention of a fiduciary, to a person under a disability who is the recipient of those funds pursuant to a suit for the sale or lease of lands, a partition suit, or condemnation proceedings. The bill further allows such funds to be distributed to a special needs trust at the request of an appointed fiduciary of the person under a disability.
HB 178 - Bell, Richard P. - Virginia Fair Housing Law; exemptions. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #201/19/18
notes: Provides that it shall not be unlawful under the Virginia Fair Housing Law for any owner to deny or limit the rental of housing to persons whose payment of rent for such housing is contingent upon the owner's acceptance of a contract authorizing payment of such rent by an entity or individual other than the lessee.
HB 282 - McQuinn - VHDA Act; pilot program to help low-income persons. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (8-Y 0-N)01/18/18
notes: Directs the Virginia Housing Development Authority to develop a pilot program providing support services, including counseling and financing assistance, to help low-income persons who are currently renters become home owners.
HB 342 - Herring - Peeping or spying into dwelling; penalty. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice(H) Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice01/04/18
notes: Provides that a person who owns property leased to another who peeps or spies, including using an electronic device to peep or spy, into a building or other structure occupied as a dwelling under circumstances that would violate the reasonable expectation of privacy of any person lawfully present in such building or structure is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Currently, such person must violate the reasonable expectation of the occupant of such building or structure.
HB 401 - Levine - Discrimination; sexual orientation and gender identity. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Referred to Committee on General Laws01/05/18
notes: Prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodation, public contracting, apprenticeship programs, housing, banking, and insurance on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill codifies existing prohibited discrimination in public employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran and adds discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill contains technical amendments.
HB 421 - Sullivan - Multi-family residential building; sale of electricity to occupants. (H) Committee on Commerce and Labor(H) Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor01/05/18
notes: Exempts the owner of a multi-family residential building from regulation as a public utility in connection with its sale of renewable electric energy generated from a facility on or adjacent to the building to the building's occupants or for use in the building's common areas.
HB 439 - Bulova - Real Estate Board; licensees may assist in translation of real estate documents. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #201/17/18
notes: Provides that if a party to a real estate transaction requests translation of a contract or other real estate document from the English language to another language, a real estate licensee may assist such party in obtaining a translator or may refer such party to an electronic translation service and, in doing so, the licensee shall not be deemed to have breached any of his obligations as a real estate licensee or otherwise become liable for any inaccuracies in the translation.
HB 609 - Carr - Housing; installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental property. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #201/19/18
notes: Creates a statewide standard for the installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental property. The bill requires a landlord to (i) install a smoke alarm without retrofitting the installation site and (ii) certify annually that smoke alarms have been installed and maintained in good working order in a residential dwelling unit pursuant to the Statewide Fire Prevention Code ( 27-94 et seq.) and the Uniform Statewide Building Code ( 36-97 et seq.). The landlord is also required to install a carbon monoxide alarm upon request by a tenant; the installation and subsequent maintenance must be in compliance with the Statewide Fire Prevention Code and the Uniform Statewide Building Code. A tenant of a rental dwelling unit with a smoke alarm or both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms shall not tamper or remove such alarms. Under the bill, a reasonable accommodation must be made for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired, upon request. Localities that have enacted a fire and carbon monoxide alarm ordinance must conform such ordinances with these state standards by July 1, 2019. The bill also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development, in consultation with the Department of Fire Programs, to develop a form for landlords for use in certifying inspections that summarizes smoke alarm maintenance requirements for landlords and tenants. The bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission.
HB 923 - Bulova - Common Interest Community Board; information on covenants, association disclosure packets. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #201/19/18
notes: Requires the Common Interest Community Board (Board) to reconfigure its current one-page form that accompanies association disclosure packets that are required to be provided to all prospective purchasers of lots located within a development that is subject to the Virginia Property Owners' Association Act as a cover form to accompany both association disclosure packets and resale certificates that are required to be provided to all prospective purchasers of units located within a condominium that is subject to the Condominium Act. The bill also requires the Board to expand the breadth of information that is included on the form to provide potential purchasers with additional information regarding restrictive covenants that the potential purchaser may be subject to as a member of a property owners' association or a unit owners' association and which may affect the potential purchaser's decision to purchase a lot or unit located within a common interest community.
HB 948 - Lopez - Virginia Housing Trust Fund; revenue deposits. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Referred to Committee on Finance01/09/18
notes: Provides that 20% of annual recordation tax revenue in excess of $325 million shall be deposited into the Virginia Housing Trust Fund.
HB 971 - Guzman - Fair Housing Law; unlawful discrimination, gender identity. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Referred to Committee on General Laws01/09/18
notes: Adds discrimination based on gender identity as an unlawful housing practice under the Virginia Fair Housing Law. The bill also defines "gender identity."
HB 1031 - Watts - Common interest communities; disclosure packets. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Referred to Committee on General Laws01/09/18
notes: Clarifies that no property owners' association that is not professionally managed is required to provide electronic delivery of the disclosure packet if such an option is not available but must notify the seller or the seller's authorized agent that such option is not available upon receiving such request. The bill allows a property owners' association that is not professionally managed to charge fees at the option of the seller or the seller's agent for (i) expediting the inspection, preparation and delivery of the disclosure packet; (ii) providing an additional hard copy of the disclosure packet; and (iii) providing third-party commercial delivery service. The bill provides that an association that is not professionally managed that acts as a professionally managed association for the purposes of receiving higher fees shall have the responsibilities and liabilities of a professionally managed association and shall collect fees that can be charged by a professionally managed association, provided that the association that is not professionally managed does not use any person who is not a common interest community manager to provide services to the association for compensation for the preparation and issuance of the disclosure packet. The bill also requires that as a prerequisite to charging any fees for the preparation of disclosure packets a property owners' association must register with the Common Interest Community Board, file annual reports, and make annual assessment payments.
HB 1047 - Torian - Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; definition of manufactured home park. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #201/19/18
notes: Reduces from 10 to five the number of manufactured homes required on a parcel of land under single or common ownership for purposes of being subject to the Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act ( 55-248.41 et seq.).
HB 1050 - Torian - Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; sale of manufactured home park, notice to residents, penalties. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #201/19/18
notes: Requires that if a residents association provides written notice of its interest in purchasing a park to the landlord within the 12 months before the park is offered for sale, the owner of the park must (i) notify residents and prospective residents of the intent to sell the park, (ii) consider and negotiate in good faith regarding any offer to purchase the park made by the association, (iii) and, prior to accepting any offer to purchase the park, offer to sell the park on the same terms and conditions to the residents association. The bill requires that a landlord notify residents and prospective residents of an intent to close the park at least 180 days prior to the date of closure. The bill reduces from 10 to five the number of manufactured homes required to constitute a manufactured home park and allows a tenant to recover the greater of three times the tenant's monthly rent or actual damages, and reasonable attorney fees, where the landlord willfully violates certain provisions of the Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act ( 55-248.41 et seq.).
HB 1121 - Convirs-Fowler - Property Owners' Association; subject to provisions of Va. Nonstock Corporation Acts, etc. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #101/19/18
notes: Codifies that a property owners' association subject to the provisions of the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act ( 13.1-801 et seq.) must comply with the provisions of the declaration, the Property Owners' Association Act ( 55-508 et seq.), and the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act. The bill requires the Common Interest Community Board to intervene in the internal activities of an association to the extent necessary to prevent or cure violations of the provisions in Title 54.1 (Professions and Occupations) regarding common interest communities, the provisions pursuant to which the association is created, and the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act, if the association is subject to that Act.
HB 1122 - Convirs-Fowler - Property Owners' Association Act; access to association records. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Referred to Committee on General Laws01/10/18
notes: Creates additional recordkeeping requirements for associations, including requirements to keep records of (i) the association's current membership, including each member's address, telephone number, and email address, if any; (ii) a copy of the current declaration, the association's articles of incorporation and bylaws, and any rules and regulations or architectural guidelines adopted by the association; (iii) a copy of all minutes of the board of directors and association meetings; and (iv) records of all correspondence between management or members of the association's board of directors and association members. The bill provides that such records be available, subject to certain enumerated exceptions, for examination and copying by a member in good standing or his authorized agent. The bill contains technical amendments.
HB 1123 - Convirs-Fowler - Property Owners' Association Act; minutes of meetings of association boards of directors. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Referred to Committee on General Laws01/10/18
notes: Specifies that minutes of meetings of association boards of directors must be in writing and must include (i) the date, time, and location of the meeting; (ii) the members of the board of directors recorded as present and absent; (iii) a summary of the discussion on all matters proposed, deliberated, or decided; (iv) a list of any speakers appearing before the board and a summary of their presentations; and (v) a record of any votes taken, including details as to the specific vote of each board member. The bill provides that minutes may be recorded in a more general format so long as they are supplemented by an audio or video recording of the entirety of the meeting using a means of recording that fully captures and can clearly reproduce all of the statements made during the meeting.
HB 1227 - Hayes - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; transient lodging as primary residence. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #201/19/18
notes: Provides that in the case of transient lodging used as a primary residence for fewer than 90 consecutive days, the availability to the landlord of self-help eviction does not preclude arrest or prosecution for any violation of any criminal law of the state, including trespass.
HB 1367 - Jones, J.C. - Virginia Department of Emergency Management; local sheltering data. (H) Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety(H) Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety01/12/18
notes: Requires localities to provide the State Coordinator of Emergency Management with certain data related to emergency sheltering capabilities on or before May 1 of each year.
HB 1453 - Ware - Real estate appraisers; evaluations. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #201/19/18
notes: Changes the definition of "evaluation" from an analysis, opinion, or conclusion relating to the nature, quality, value, or utility of specified interests in, or aspects of, identified real property to an opinion of the market value of real property or real estate that may be utilized in connection with a real estate-related financial transaction where an appraisal by a state-certified or state-licensed appraiser is not required by the state or federal financial institution's regulatory agency engaging in, contracting for, or regulating such real estate-related financial transaction or regulating the financial institution or lender engaged in or about to engage in such real estate-related financial transaction. The bill requires that an evaluation meet the format requirements of the federal Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines, include sufficient information in clear and understandable language to allow a person to understand the opinion of the market value of real property or real estate, and contain the statement: "This is not an appraisal performed in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice."
HB 1533 - Kory - Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; applicability. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Referred to Committee on General Laws01/19/18
notes: Provides that the Virginia Property Owners' Association Act ( 55-508 et seq.) shall be applicable to any development established prior to the former Subdivided Land Sales Act ( 55-336 et seq.) (i) containing 500 or more lots, (ii) having each lot contained in the development being located within the boundaries of a watershed improvement district, and (iii) having each lot subject to substantially similar deed restrictions contained in one or more declarations.
HB 1547 - Simon - Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Referred to Committee on General Laws01/19/18
notes: Adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines sexual orientation and gender identity.
HB 1585 - Convirs-Fowler - Property Owners' Association Act; operation of the association; requirements. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Referred to Committee on General Laws01/19/18
notes: Applies to the Property Owners' Association Act certain provisions of the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act for associations incorporated under that act. The bill provides that such provisions are to be enforced by the Common Interest Community Board.
HJ 82 - Adams, D.M. - Manufactured housing communities. (H) Committee on Rules(H) Referred to Committee on Rules01/09/18
notes: Recognizes the importance of manufactured housing communities.
SB 108 - Lucas - Orders of publication to enforce tax lien; limited-value property. (S) Committee for Courts of Justice(S) Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice12/12/17
notes: Provides that an order of publication for the enforcement of a lien for taxes owed on real property that has a value of $50,000 or less need be published only once. Under current law, such order is required to be published at least once a week for two successive weeks. The bill further provides that for property that has a value of $10,000 or less, the court may order any alternative form of and forum for publication that will reasonably provide notice of such lien to all interested parties.
SB 194 - Locke - Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; manufactured home park, notice to sell park, penalties. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/01/18
notes: Requires that a manufactured home park owner notify residents and prospective residents of the intent to sell the park; consider offers to purchase the park made by a resident association or an agent acting on behalf of the residents; and negotiate in good faith with such offeror. Before the owner accepts any offer to purchase the park, the bill requires he offer to sell the park on the same terms and conditions to any resident association or agent representing park residents that has provided written notice of interest in purchasing the park. The bill requires that a landlord notify residents and prospective residents of an intent to close the park at least 180 days prior to the date of closure. The bill reduces from 10 to five the number of manufactured homes required to constitute a manufactured home park and allows a tenant to recover the greater of three times the tenant's monthly rent or actual damages, and reasonable attorney fees, where the landlord willfully violates certain provisions of the Act.
SB 195 - Locke - Virginia Residential Rent-to-Own Real Estate Contracts Act; created. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/01/18
notes: Creates the Virginia Residential Rent-to-Own Real Estate Contracts Act that establishes contract requirements and prohibitions for installment land contracts and lease-option contracts as defined in the bill. Under the bill, a violation by a person who sells, or proposes to sell, real property under an installment land contract or lease-option contract constitutes a fraudulent act or practice for purposes of applying the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.
SB 197 - Locke - Landlord and tenant law; notice requirements, landlord's acceptance of rent with reservation. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/01/18
notes: Changes the landlord and tenant law notice requirements for landlords to accept full or partial rent while continuing to proceed with a court action to obtain an order of possession and subsequent eviction by creating a single notice and removing the requirement for second notice for the time period between entry of an order of possession and prior to eviction. The bill provides that the landlord may accept full or partial payment of rent and still receive an order of possession and proceed with eviction if the landlord states in the written notice to the tenant that any payment of rent, damages, money judgment, award of attorney fees, and court costs would be accepted with reservation and not constitute a waiver of the landlord's right to evict the tenant from the dwelling unit. The bill also (i) provides that if a dwelling unit is a public housing unit or other housing unit subject to regulation by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, written notice of acceptance of rent with reservation need not be given to any public agency paying a portion of the rent under the rental agreement and (ii) removes language providing that if the landlord enters into a new rental agreement with the tenant prior to eviction, an order of possession obtained prior to the entry of such new rental agreement is not enforceable.
SB 278 - Petersen - Eminent domain proceedings; prompt payment of funds. (S) Committee for Courts of Justice(S) Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice01/05/18
notes: Requires, upon final settlement or determination in an eminent domain proceeding, that any funds due to the land owner, whether such funds are in the possession of the court or are outstanding, shall be payable promptly to the land owner or to the land owner's attorney, if such land owner is represented by counsel.
SB 280 - Petersen - Lease-option real estate contracts; requirements of the owner, default. (S) Committee for Courts of Justice(S) Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice01/05/18
notes: Establishes contract provisions for when an owner of real property enters into a contract with a purchaser to lease the real property and the contract includes an option to purchase the same property. The bill directs that whenever an owner enters into such contract, he shall (i) ensure that the contract is in writing and recorded, (ii) disclose in the contract all liens on the property at the time of the signing of the contract, and (iii) satisfy any outstanding tax obligations on the property prior to the signing of the contract. If the purchaser defaults, including by nonpayment, the owner shall give written notice of the grounds for default to the purchaser, and the purchaser shall have 30 days to cure the default in order to maintain his right to purchase.
SB 290 - McClellan - Affordable dwelling unit ordinances; expands from specific localities to any locality. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/08/18
notes: Expands from specific localities to any locality the scope of existing enabling legislation related to affordable dwelling unit ordinances, making such legislation applicable statewide. Other existing statewide provisions related to affordable dwelling unit ordinances are repealed and references to those provisions are deleted.
SB 391 - Barker - Housing; installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental property. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/09/18
notes: Creates a statewide standard for the installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental property. The bill requires a landlord to (i) install a smoke alarm without retrofitting the installation site and (ii) certify annually that smoke alarms have been installed and maintained in good working order in a residential dwelling unit pursuant to the Statewide Fire Prevention Code ( 27-94 et seq.) and the Uniform Statewide Building Code ( 36-97 et seq.). The landlord is also required to install a carbon monoxide alarm upon request by a tenant; the installation and subsequent maintenance must be in compliance with the Statewide Fire Prevention Code and the Uniform Statewide Building Code. A tenant of a rental dwelling unit with a smoke alarm or both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms shall not tamper or remove such alarms. Under the bill, a reasonable accommodation must be made for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired, upon request. Localities that have enacted a fire and carbon monoxide alarm ordinance must conform such ordinances with these state standards by July 1, 2019. The bill also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development, in consultation with the Department of Fire Programs, to develop a form for landlords for use in certifying inspections that summarizes smoke alarm maintenance requirements for landlords and tenants. The bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission.
SB 423 - Wexton - Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/09/18
notes: Adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines sexual orientation and gender identity.
SB 648 - McPike - Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; manufactured home park, notice to sell park, penalties. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/10/18
notes: Requires that a manufactured home park owner notify residents and prospective residents of the intent to sell the park; consider offers to purchase the park made by a resident association or an agent acting on behalf of the residents; and negotiate in good faith with such offeror. Before the owner accepts any offer to purchase the park, the bill requires he offer to sell the park on the same terms and conditions to any resident association or agent representing park residents that has provided written notice of interest in purchasing the park. The bill requires that a landlord notify residents and prospective residents of an intent to close the park at least 180 days prior to the date of closure. The bill reduces from 10 to five the number of manufactured homes required to constitute a manufactured home park and allows a tenant to recover the greater of three times the tenant's monthly rent or actual damages, and reasonable attorney fees, where the landlord willfully violates certain provisions of the Act.
SB 649 - McPike - Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; penalties for violation. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/10/18
notes: Increases the amount a tenant can recover after a landlord violates the Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act ( 55-248.51 et seq.) from an amount equal to the greater of the tenant's monthly rental payment or actual damages and attorney fees to an amount equal to the greater of three times the tenant's monthly rental payment or actual damages and attorney fees.
SB 655 - McPike - Appraisal management companies; cap on fees; disclosure. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/10/18
notes: Caps the markup that an appraisal management company adds to the cost of an appraisal conducted by an independent appraiser at 20 percent. The bill also requires the appraisal management company to fully disclose to the client the actual fee that is charged for the services provided by the appraisal management company.
SB 705 - Surovell - Virginia Condominium Act and the Property Owners' Association Act; contents of disclosures. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/10/18
notes: Provides for the disclosure packets required upon the resale of a unit under the Virginia Condominium Act or a lot under the Property Owners' Association Act to include a statement of the total amount of unfunded capital reserves based on the current reserve study, including the pro rata share of such unfunded capital reserves per unit or lot.
SB 707 - Surovell - Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; home-based businesses. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/10/18
notes: Provides that no property owners' association shall prohibit a lot owner from operating a home-based business within his personal residence if the operation of the home-based business is in compliance with all applicable state laws and local ordinances, unless the home-based business is expressly prohibited by the declaration. Under current law, operation of a home-based business is allowed only to the extent that the declaration is silent on the operation of home-based businesses.
SB 722 - Surovell - Condominium Act and Property Owners' Association Act; access to association books and records. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/10/18
notes: Provides that books and records kept by or on behalf of a unit owners' association or a property owners' association shall be withheld from inspection and copying in their entirety only to the extent that an exclusion from disclosure enumerated in the Condominium Act or Property Owners' Association Act, as applicable, applies to the entire content of such books and records. The bill provides that, otherwise, only those portions of the books and records containing information subject to an exclusion may be withheld, and all portions of the books and records that are not so excluded shall be disclosed.
SB 743 - DeSteph - Housing; installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental property. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/10/18
notes: Creates a statewide standard for the installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental property. The bill requires a landlord to (i) install a smoke alarm without retrofitting the installation site and (ii) certify annually that smoke alarms have been installed and maintained in good working order in a residential dwelling unit pursuant to the Statewide Fire Prevention Code ( 27-94 et seq.) and the Uniform Statewide Building Code ( 36-97 et seq.). The landlord is also required to install a carbon monoxide alarm upon request by a tenant; the installation and subsequent maintenance must be in compliance with the Statewide Fire Prevention Code and the Uniform Statewide Building Code. A tenant of a rental dwelling unit with a smoke alarm or both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms shall not tamper or remove such alarms. Under the bill, a reasonable accommodation must be made for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired, upon request. Localities that have enacted a fire and carbon monoxide alarm ordinance must conform such ordinances with these state standards by July 1, 2019. The bill also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development, in consultation with the Department of Fire Programs, to develop a form for landlords for use in certifying inspections that summarizes smoke alarm maintenance requirements for landlords and tenants. The bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission.
SB 781 - Dunnavant - Global reform waiver; Secretary of Health and Human Resources to apply. (S) Committee on Rules(S) Referred to Committee on Rules01/10/18
notes: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to apply for a waiver to allow for transformation of the Commonwealth's existing program of medical assistance services through the implementation of a person-centered model of medical assistance services that improves outcomes and reduces costs by (i) integrating medical and behavioral health care, (ii) implementing a value-based payment model, and (iii) promoting personal choice and responsibility, including cost-sharing and incentives that encourage healthy behaviors, prevention, and wellness. Such waiver may include provisions for an aggregate cap on federal funds for a specified period of time with adequate tools to manage state financing of the program. The Secretary of Health and Human Resources shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the status of the waiver by December 1, 2018.

The bill also directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, together with the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, to submit a request to the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (i) to receive all federal funds made available to the Commonwealth from the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a single annual grant and (ii) for flexibility in the administration of such funds to better align medical assistance and housing support services to better support low-income individuals receiving medical assistance. The Secretaries of Health and Human Resources and Commerce and Trade shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the status of such request by December 1, 2018.
SB 861 - Reeves - Property Owners' Association Act; member approval required for certain capital expenditures. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/17/18
notes: Requires a property owners' association's board of directors, before making expenditures on capital components that exceed $1 million, to obtain the approval of a majority of lot owners who are members in good standing of the property owners' association. The requirements do not affect capital components approved by the board of directors and fully funded prior to July 1, 2018.
SB 909 - McClellan - Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/19/18
notes: Adds discrimination on the basis of a person's source of income to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill defines "source of income" as any source that lawfully provides funds to or on behalf of a renter or buyer of housing, including any assistance, benefit, or subsidy program, whether such program is administered by a governmental or nongovernmental entity.
SB 927 - Marsden - Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; applicability. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/19/18
notes: Provides that the Virginia Property Owners' Association Act ( 55-508 et seq.) shall be applicable to any development established prior to the former Subdivided Land Sales Act ( 55-336 et seq.) (i) containing 500 or more lots, (ii) having each lot contained in the development being located within the boundaries of a watershed improvement district, and (iii) having each lot subject to substantially similar deed restrictions contained in one or more declarations.
SJ 53 - Deeds - Study; Virginia Housing Commission; accessory dwelling structures; report. (S) Committee on Rules(S) Referred to Committee on Rules01/10/18
notes: Directs the Virginia Housing Commission to study accessory dwelling structures, defined as additional living quarters on single-family dwelling structures that are independent of the primary dwelling unit. In conducting the study, the Commission is to review (i) the prevalence and necessity for accessory dwelling structures, (ii) relevant provisions of the Uniform Statewide Building Code, and (iii) the feasibility of changing land use and zoning practices in order to facilitate their expanded use. The bill also directs the Commission to make recommendations concerning the use and placement of accessory dwelling structures.
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